Meet Laura Richard


Laura Richard was elected to the Office of Fort Bend County Clerk in 2014 and has devoted herself to bringing the highest ethical standards, innovative processes, management practices and effective budget management to the County Clerk’s office.

Laura’s accomplishments as County Clerk include being the recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Vital Statistics 5 Star Award given by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, a prestigious award given to only a small percentage of County Clerks in Texas. Laura opened a new Sienna Annex office to better service East Fort Bend County, instituted a new fines collection service thus adding more than $100,000 to the general fund, reorganized staff and optimized 100’s of procedures to maximize efficiency and increased office hours for enhanced customer service.

Laura has 30 years of experience in management, marketing and development in for-profit, nonprofit and government organizations. She has a background in technology, leading and managing cross-functional teams, fundraising, public relations, and a history of working with community leaders.  
Community Involvement
  • Past Ambassador for the Central Fort Bend Alliance Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Executive Board Member Shape Up Fort Bend
  • Past Board Member Mental Health America of Fort Bend County
  • Past Chair, Care for America, Republican’s Women’s Club
  • FBISD Prevention Coalition Member 2011 - Present
  • Fort Bend Junior Service League, Board Positions held 2003 – 2005, Current Member
  • Fort Bend Junior Service League, Child Advocates Placement Lead 2011 – 2012
  • Graduate 2010 – 2011 Fort Bend Non-Profit Leadership Class
  • Graduate Child Advocates – Court Appointed Special Advocates training 2011
  • Graduate of Fort Bend Leadership, Class of 2002
  • Graduate of Sugar Land 101 – Class 0f 2012
  • Member VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3903
  • Texana Advisory Board Member 2011 - 2015
  • Volunteer for numerous Fort Bend based charities

  • ​Fort Bend County Clerk - 2014 to Present
  • ​Fort Bend County Justice of the Peace - June to December 2014
  • ​Fort Bend Cares - Executive Director - 2012 to 2014
  • ​Mental Health America - Fort Bend County - 2009 to 2012
  • ​BMC, Various Positions - 1986 to 2009

Laura began her career in the technology sector working for companies such as IBM and BMC Software. During her spare time, Laura volunteered with various nonprofits in Fort Bend County.  After a long career in the corporate world, Laura had the opportunity to continue to give back to the community by holding positions in several nonprofits including Development Director and Executive Director.

Laura’s husband Jim, a long serving Fort Bend County Justice of the Peace, passed away in 2014.  Upon his passing, the Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court unanimously appointed Laura to fill the JP position until the next election.

Laura has deep ties to the community having grown up in Fort Bend County.  She received her degree from Houston Baptist University, is a member of the Fort Bend Junior Service League, a graduate of Fort Bend Leadership Forum, Fort Bend Leadership for Nonprofit Excellence and is continually involved in many community events.  Laura and her family are members of many Fort Bend based volunteer organizations and consider it a privilege to give back to the community
Republican Party Involvement
  • Member Katy Republican Women’s Club
  • Associate Member Fort Bend Republican Women
  • Associate Member of Sprit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club
  • Fort Bend County Legislative Advisory Committee
  • Past VP of Programs for Republican Women on the Go
  • Longtime volunteer for many Fort Bend based candidates